QUIRKY WORLD ... I’m not that chained up little policeman...

Scotland: A policeman entertained a pub crowd with a karaoke classic after being called in to deal with a brawl.

Sergeant Jon Harris belted out Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’ in full uniform to cheers from drinkers at Glasgow’s Waterloo Bar.

Sgt Harris was called to the Argyle St pub on Wednesday following reports of an assault. A 23-year-old man was arrested. Sgt Harris agreed to take to the stage and a senior officer praised him for “helping defuse any simmering tensions”.

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Britain: A wipe-clean fiver will “stand the test of time”, just like Winston Churchill, whose face adorns the banknote, the governor of the Bank of England said.

Unveiling the design for the £5 at Chirchill’s birthplace yesterday, Mark Carney paid tribute to the wartime prime minister’s “bulldog spirit” and his part in British history.

He said: “This spirit is just one, only one, of his many contributions that the Bank commemorates with the new fiver.”

New emojis

US: Seventy-two new emojis have been approved to be added to the rapidly expanding icon-based language.

On the list of new designs is ‘rolling on the floor laughing’ or ROFL as the kids used to call it, a runny-nose face, two fist bumps, a black heart, and everyone’s favourite superfood, avocado.

At the centre of the playful-looking icons is actually an approval system run by the Unicode Consortium. This group reviews and approves designs for emojis, adding them to the standard list and then making them available to app developers to add to their own libraries.

Sex bomb

US: A Pittsburgh man who robbed a bank with a fake bomb made out of phone wires, duct tape, and a sex toy has been sentenced to up to three years in prison.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports an Allegheny County judge sentenced 36-year-old Aaron Stein on Tuesday after rejecting requests for leniency, including house arrest. The judge said he could not tell the community Stein’s case warranted only house arrest.

Stein pleaded guilty in March. He said he robbed the PNC Bank in Crafton last June because he was desperate after losing $9,000 he had invested to pay for his approaching honeymoon.

Kayak journey

New Zealand: Stuart Cleary set out in late 2014 to paddle solo from Australia to New Zealand. But in the end, it was his homemade kayak that completed the journey on its own.

Just hours into the trip, Cleary’s kayak started taking on water, and he was forced to abandon the vessel before being rescued at sea. Eighteen months later, the kayak has washed up on a New Zealand beach close to where Cleary had intended to arrive.

Nathan Marshall said he was taking his dogs for a run on Muriwai Beach on Wednesday when he found the barnacle-encrusted kayak. He was hesitant to look inside, worried he would find a body. Cleary said he would travel to New Zealand to have a look but, this time, he’ll take a plane.

Alligator attack

US: A Florida man who threw an alligator through a drive-thru window was sentenced to a year of probation after throwing himself at the mercy of the court.

Joshua James, 24, told the judge he is sorry he threw the alligator through the window at a Wendy’s last October. He said he found the 1.2m gator by the side of the road and meant to play a prank on a friend at the restaurant.

James was initially charged with offences including assault with a deadly weapon. But no one was hurt by the gator, which was captured and returned to the wild. The Palm Beach Post reports that James entered an open plea on two misdemeanors.

Rare beast

Scotland: One of the world’s rarest spiders has been brought into captivity at a British zoo in an attempt to save it from extinction.

Keepers at Bristol Zoo have brought 25 juvenile Desertas wolf spiders from the Desertas islands, near Madeira, Portugal, to breed. It is believed to be the first time the endangered spider, which is only found on the islands, has been in a UK zoo.

These impressive-looking black and white spiders can grow up to 12cm in size, with a body size of 4cm alone.

Spiky sculpture

US: A prickly steel-and-nails sculpture of a porcupine and its baby has replaced a statue that was stolen from an airport in Maine, US.

And, as a security measure, the new porcupines at the Portland International Jetport are firmly affixed to a large granite slab. A woman from nearby Pownal donated the new porcupines to replace a statue reported missing in April.

Police do not know who stole the original sculpture, which was part of an installation of steel woodland creatures by New York artist Wendy Klemperer.


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